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Director’s Diary: An Ill Wind

From Italy I wrote of railways, heavy seas and storms, and now I am returned to see the damage. High winds are no friend to bridges. Almost exactly a hundred and seventy years ago, in 1839, Lord Orkney telegraphed that the Great Western Railway 6 o’clock train must not through. Maidenhead Bridge was in a dangerous […]

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PRESS RELEASE! Tuesday 9th July

The Brunel Museum secures National Lottery support  The Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe has received initial support* from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for ‘The Brunel Museum Reinvented’ project, it was announced today. Made possible by National Lottery players, the project will transform the Museum, putting one of the most significant feats of engineering in London’s […]

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Happy 250th Birthday Sir Marc Brunel!

Marc Brunel, the father of Isambard Kingdom Brunel was one of the most innovative engineers of his day. He was born on April 25th 1769 Hacqueville, France. He joined the French Navy but had to flee France because of his outspoken royalist views. He emigrated to America where he became Chief Engineer of the port […]

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Museum Book: Brunel’s Great Eastern

“Like Prometheus, Isambard Kingdom Brunel is held in chains forever, but on the Isle of Dogs.  In the fabulous opening ceremony for the London Olympics, the stove pipe hats, led by Kenneth Branagh, built factories and forged chains in smoke and in flames, in furnace and in cauldron”. – JOANNA LUMLEY in her foreword The Great Eastern […]

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Director’s Diary: Sweet Thames and The Great Stink

Last week of the summer playscheme, and on Friday we have family workshops as part of Engineering Open House Day. Four hundred years ago Edmund Spenser wrote a famous marriage song, but two hundred and forty years later a very different London endured The Great Stink. Edmund Spenser wrote about the Thames in Richmond: Sweet Thames […]

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Director’s Diary: International Women in Engineering Day

This Saturday is International Women in Engineering Day. We remember many talented women engineers, and here at The Brunel Museum we remember Sophie Hawes (née Brunel), Sarah Guppy and Emily Warren Roebling see my blog 22nd April http://www.brunel-museum.org.uk/directors-diary-16/     Sophie Hawes was nicknamed ‘Brunel in Petticoats’ by Lord Armstrong. As a child she showed greater promise in […]

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Director’s Diary: The Hon Sir William McAlpine Bt

In Memoriam Sunday 13th Fawley Hill Museum. Sir William McAlpine was one of the first enthusiastic patrons of The Brunel Museum, always ready to fill the gap. A keen Brunel collector, he was the first to loan objects to the museum, which came from his own very extensive collection. He lobbied other organisations to follow suit, and […]

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Director’s Diary: Atlantic Bridges by Roebling & Brunel

On board Norwegian Cruise Line Epic we arrive in Cadiz: splendid views across the bay of El puente de la Constitución de 1812 or Puente de La Pepa, the new cable stay bridge. This is the work of the controversial Santiago Calatrava and a type of suspension bridge.  My last talk ATLANTIC BRIDGES is about suspension bridges built by two brilliant engineering dynasties: Roebling […]

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